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Snow White Bride
by Claire Delacroix
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Warner, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

The Snow White Bride by Claire Delacroix is the third in a 1400s family trilogy set in England. The oldest brother Alexander has the task of keeping Kinfairlie from going into debt. In the first two books, his objective was to marry off his sisters, Madeleine and Vivienne. In this third episode, the sisters get an idea of their own - to coax their brother into marrying a woman of their choosing. This ends up being a stranger who shows up on their property, seeking help. Lady Eleanor's life story is a mystery, but the sisters are aware that she is running away from someone. They agree to get their brother to marry her, no matter what it takes!

Eleanor's problem is that she is afraid to trust anyone, no matter how friendly they appear. She deceives Alexander into marrying her by having the sisters spike his drink to get him drunk, and she convinces him that she is a virgin, despite having been wed twice. They marry the following morning. As the relationship continues, she keeps on telling falsehoods, only because she is afraid the truth would make things worse between them. Alexander, in the meantime, is getting angry because of her lies and finds no reason to trust her, although he really wants to believe in her. He gradually learns about Eleanor's background, and her past eventually catches up with her, bringing danger to Alexander and his people.

This story mixes love, romance, comedy and adventure as the duo slowly learn to trust each other. As always, Delacroix does a great job with dialog and setting, and succeeds in taking the reader back to Medieval England. The fun, witty repartée reminds me of old time movies such as Robin Hood. Most of the characters showed up in the previous two books in the trilogy, making this third even more enjoyable. I recommend The Snow White Bride to historical romance fans.

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